Thinking Outside the Box: Promoting Higher-Order Thinking and Socio-Emotional Development in Early Childhood
Join Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture for our 19th annual Early Literacy Summit, “Thinking Outside the Box: Promoting Higher-Order Thinking and Socio-Emotional Development in Early Childhood”. As Houston strives to move forward following the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, we know that as teachers, it is critical that we meet both the socio-emotional and academic needs of our young children. During this one-day gathering, early childhood literacy professionals will be challenged to think “outside the curriculum box” and explore ways to create a play-based classroom environment that stimulates higher-order thinking and fosters socio-emotional development in children.
Participants will have the opportunity to select and attend three breakout sessions, including a feature session by Patsy Cooper, author of When Stories Come to School and The Classrooms All Young Children Need, as well as sessions led by School Literacy and Culture staff, mentors and guests. The highly interactive sessions will provide practical activities that encourage children to think critically and creatively, as well as create safe spaces for children to express themselves through developmentally appropriate practices. Topics for this year’s sessions include incorporating literacy across the curriculum, and creating intentional art, block, sensory, STEM, math, and dramatic play learning centers.
Dr. Patsy Cooper, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education at Queens College, CUNY and founding director of Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture program, is an award-winning author and researcher who received her Ph.D. from Emory University. Patsy is known for her thought-provoking presentations and books When Stories Come to School: Telling, Writing, and Performing Stories in the Early Childhood Classroom and The Classrooms All Young Children Need: Lessons in Teaching from Vivian Paley.
Breakout sessions will be led by Rice University School Literacy and Culture staff, mentors and guests.
Term: Spring/Summer 2019
Start Date: Jan. 19, 2019
End Date: Jan. 19, 2019
Location: Rice campus
Early Registration: $109 until Nov. 12
Group (8+ from same school): $99 per participant ($119 after Nov. 12)
Administrators: One free administrator attendance with 6+ teachers
Note: Registration link coming soon. Please join waitlist to be notified when registration opens.